Hi all BFL's!
Today is day2, week 4 of my challenge. Although I love the new muscle that is showing through my fat layers, I am trying not to get depressed about my never-ending plateau.
Overall, it has taken me 2.5 years to go from 189 to 159; 20 pounds coming off in the last 6 months since I have been trying really hard. But it has been about 6 weeks since I was 157. Since starting BFL April 11, I teeter from 159-162.
I eat clean and home-made 98% of the time, I have never missed a workout and have cut out refined foods and sugars (except for the protien shakes).
I have visited my MD and my thyroid is fine, everything that could medically cause me to NOT lose weight is all on track. He explained to me that since obesity runs on both sides of my family, my body is fighting me! He added that this plateau will be almost impossible to overcome because this my body's comfort weight. Medically, I should be around 135 lbs and according to the BMI chart I am about 35% fat, and 1 pound away from being obese. Could I possibly lose another 20 lbs? Is it going to take me another 2 years to do it?
I am 5'4" - 159 as of this morning. My 4 week pictures are almost unbeleivable to me as I look like a different person from 4 weeks ago.
Is it possible for the scale and measuring tape to NOT show results, but see it in pics and in the mirror? I have no intentions of stopping BFL, but a girl like me needs to see numbers on a scale and tape measure. HAHA.
Anyone having same issues?
thanks for any responses.
I have just completed week 2, starting week 3. My body typically likes to keep fat also but with this program, I am down 8lbs. 2" on my waist and 1.5% bodyfat so far. Burn more then you consume add muscle and I would think it would happen for you. Possibly increase intensity of your 10's and make certain you have the carb/protein meals maybe make them slightly smaller.
But if you are seeing the difference that is the greater objection for most of us but I am like you, seeng in on the scale and tape measure sure helps too.
Good luck and keep it up, you may be one of those that have the 8 week amazing results.
I'm on day 16 and I've only lost 1 pound and no inches. In the end, losing weight on the scale is a numbers game. (ever hear about that teacher who did the twinkie diet experiment?
in the end, losing weight is all about the calories.) If you eat less than you burn, you will see that number go down. It's just a mathematical fact. If I were you and I were determined to see that scale go down, I would get my basal metabolic rate measured. Then use an app calorie tracker like myfitnesspal to count all your calories each day.
I count my calories even while doing this program. Mostly just to make sure I stay under 1500 a day, because I know how easily I will cheat and make my fist portion a little bigger every day. But counting calories really works because in the end it's just a scientific fact that if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight.
Another thing to try is calorie cycling. How are your free days? You might try doing 1200 calories Monday, 1500 Tuesday, 1700 wednesday, etc. Also make sure you're not eating less than 1200 calories on a regular basis or your body goes into starvation mode.
I think the majority of people here who have been successful will say to keep at it, the changes happen on the inside first :) It sounds like your body is changing for the better. Good luck!
I found this link I had read before regarding the 8 week miracle. take a read very motivating, and it applies to your progress.
The scale will never be your friend. I say that because you need to seperate YOUR emotional connection to the numbers reflected there.
You say yourself that the photos show great progress so why do the scale numbers negate that in your mind?
The scale is nothing more than a data point. It's a number only but somewhere in your mind you associate success with number being lower.
It's time to retrain your brain a little. Put the scale away until the end of your challenge. Be strict in your meals and make absolutely sure you are eating enough and getting your workouts in being hardcore with them. If you think you are pushing hard in cardio, I say push harder. It's ok if people look at you crazy. I promise in 8.5 more weeks, they WILL start asking you to tell them what you are doing.
You've been working really hard and now is not the time to let the scale impede your success.
Most women rarely see significant results until the end of week six. You'll see subtle changes, your pants will become loose, your bra overhang will start shrinking and the first place you want to see changes will actually be the last place to change.
Hang in there!!
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right ~ Henry Ford
Michelle Simpson ~2009 Body-for-LIFE Champion 46+ Catagory
Hang in there, I had a similar experience at week 4 with only a few inches loss but a weight gain! Although I could see the muscle showing through so I kept at it and now I'm at week 8. As of today there is not a significant amount of weight loss so far but a total of 6" over all loss.
The scale is evil and as hard as it is not to keep getting on it (I still get on 2 or 3 times a day), don't let it get you down. Just knowing there is new muscle there to eat that fat away should help you keep going to the gym and eating clean.
Don't let anyone else tell you what your body will do! I would watch the portion sizes, and if you have to weigh do it every two weeks, or at the end.
Okieandrews - hide your scales, you will be doing yourself more harm than good hopping on them 2-3 times per day!
My sister has started a challenge with me, May 9th, and she won't measure or weigh til the end of week 12. (I think she will blow me out the water!) I'm opting for two-weekly measures and weigh-ins. After week 8 I am going to measure weekly to see if the 8 week miracle kicks in!! ;-)
Kia Kaha - Be Strong
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